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PTECH hosts education leaders from around the state

January 22, 2016 | Filed in HFM PTECH, HFM Top Stories
PTECH Heather Buskirk

Instructional support specialist Heather Buskirk explains PTECH’s grading model to NYSED’s Christina Coughlin, coordinator for Education Management Services.

PTECH has begun the new year with a number of visiting educators wanting a first-hand look at the different approach HFM PTECH takes to teaching and learning.

During the visits, the visitors met with HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel, PTECH principal Michael Dardaris and PTECH instructional support specialist Heather Buskirk to learn about the school’s innovative program, then toured the school to meet some of the students.

Representatives from the New York State Education Department traveled to PTECH Thursday, Jan. 7. Christina Coughlin, coordinator for Education Management Services; Amanda Lolik, education program assistant; and Dr. Kimberly Campbell, a program research specialist, toured the school’s PTECH’s classrooms and facilities with student ambassador Aislynn Ward, a first-year student.

PTECH student ambassador Aislynn Ward (right) guides visitors from New York State Education Department on a tour of PTECH classrooms.

PTECH student ambassador Aislynn Ward (right) guides visitors from New York State Education Department on a tour of PTECH classrooms.

“It was great to see the innovation spaces and see how different it can be and how successful the students can be in those spaces,” Lolik said. “Everyone seemed so comfortable, and they don’t all look like they are just trying to fit in.”

On Friday, Jan. 8, PTECH played host to two more visitors. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and Dr. John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools at Cornell University and Associate Professor in Department of Development Sociology in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, were led by first-year student Katrina Foster on a tour.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy Jhone Ebert. along with NYS P-TECH Leadership Council Director Robin Willner, visited HFM PTECH classrooms.

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